• 1981 Dom Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

    I've spent the last week in Portland, Oregon hosting Sherryfest, a massive and unbridled celebration of sherry that I've created with my friend Rosemary Gray. While Sherryfest was originally held last October in NYC, this was our first venture to the West Coast, and it was a resounding success. Like champagne, sherry has spent many years being under-appreciated and misunderstood, and it's exciting to see it being discovered by a new generation of wine drinkers.

    In the midst of tasting other wines, though, nothing refreshes the palate like champagne, and this week offered plenty of opportunity to imbibe our favorite beverage. One of the most striking examples was the 1981 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, a wine at the peak of its development, showing a fully evolved maturity withou
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